13 Shades of Luna
The Latin word Luna is referred to our natural satellite, The Moon. As we're all aware that our Moon has a profound impact on the planet and our lives, this article will discuss the various names of the Moon.
People contributed to the moon chronologically to organise their way of life by studying the phases of the moon, created the system of timekeeping and entitled the silver splendour in various names over time.
January’s full moon called The Wolf Moon, named after hungry howling wolves in midwinter on scarcity of food. Old moon and Ice moon are other names.
February’s typically cold, snowy weather in North America earned the name as The Snow moon. Storm moon and hunger moon are other common names.
The last full moon of winter, The Worm Moon after the worm trails that would appear in the newly thawed ground. Other names include Chaste Moon, Death Moon, Crust Moon and Sap Moon.
April's full moon, The Pink Moon, named after a species of early blooming wildflower. The other names are The Sprouting Grass Moon, The Egg Moon, And the Fish Moon.
The copious blossoms in spring in May are called The Flower Moon. Other names include The Hare Moon, The Corn Planting Moon, and the Milk Moon.
June’s harvesting of strawberries gives the name, The Strawberry Moon. The other names are The Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.
The male deer shed their antlers every year, begin to regrow them in July, hence it is known as, The Buck Moon. Other names include the thunder moon and the hay moon.
North American fishing tribes called August's full moon the sturgeon moon after the species. It's also been called the green corn moon, the grain moon, and the red moon.
By letting farmers to harvest in night, the moon earned name as The Full corn moon and the barley moon. It is the nearest full moon to the autumnal equinox, earning the title of 'Harvest Moon’.
After the harvest moon comes The Hunter's Moon, to hunt summer-fattened deer and fox. The long brightness gives hunters the opportunity to stalk prey at night. Other names are The Travel Moon and The Dying Grass Moon.
The Beaver Moon is named after the heavy activity of beavers building their winter dams. Another name is the Frost Moon.
The coming of winter earned the name The Cold Moon. Other names are the long night moon and the oak moon.
As the third full moon in a season that has four full moons is called a seasonal Blue Moon, probably 13th full moon in a year that occurs every 2.5 years, according to NASA.
To conclude, the moon has role in cosmology, astrology, astronomy, medical and literature too. It serves as the major fictional element in all types of genres than the massive daylight giver, the Sun.
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